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Morning Brew: Wilson's contract is extended with the Leafs, The Empress Hotel's arson named one of the country's worst losses in 2011, TTC riders delayed on Christmas Day, Raptors Pound the Rock and petition launched against bag tax

Possible good news for Leafs fan this holiday season: coach Ron Wilson has had his contract extended. Although the Leafs have not yet issued a public statement, both Wilson and GM Brian Burke tweeted the news yesterday. According to Wilson,"Santa" is responsible (or to blame?) for his gift. Wilson is in the final season of a four-year contract. The Leafs are currently in sixth place in their division.

The city's former Empress Hotel, which was destroyed by arson in January, has been called one of the country's worst losses in 2011 by The Canada Heritage Foundation. A spokesperson for the foundation says it's time for the government to step up and protect our country's designated heritage buildings with legislation, which is a great idea seeing as we're the only G8 country without laws to protect our historic sites.

Were you using the TTC yesterday? If so, chances were you undoubtedly frustrated with its slower-than-usual service. For five hours, a glitch in the transit computer system created signal problems that had passengers waiting 20 minutes or more on all three subway lines. The TTC hopes the problem has been rectified for all you Boxing Day shoppers.

Here's an interesting motivational tool: Pound the Rock! It's what the Raptors' new head coach, Dwane Casey, is using to help motivate his team. Well, it's not a literal thing. The 1,300-pound boulder, which sits outside the team's dressing room, is there to remind the team that you may have to hit a rock 101 times before it cracks.


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